Featuring elephant seal pups Megan and Shelby
The Elephant Seal Adoption Package features two northern elephant seals: Megan and Shelby.
Every spring, young elephant seals are born on beaches up and down the California coast. These pups stay on the beach while their mothers nurse them for about a month, but heavy storms can cause these pups to be washed off the beach by hazardous surf.
With more frequent, more intense storms, entire beach areas can erode and disappear, forcing mother seals and their pups to find another spot to haul out. Once out at sea, the pups are not strong enough to swim on their own and can easily get separated from their mothers. The lucky pups that survive a rough storm may wash up on nearby beaches in need of a helping hand.
Young elephant seal Megan was not completely weaned from her mother, and as a result, could not feed on her own and survive in the wild. At the Center, she was fed fish mash – a fish milkshake of sorts consisting of salmon oil, herring, and cream. Eventually, Megan learned how to seek and eat whole fish as part of The Center’s “fish school” in which volunteers teach young elephant seals how to eat fish. Once Megan was healthy, she was released back to the wild.
“Shelby the Brave Little Pup of San Simeon Bay” tells the story of Shelby, a young elephant seal pup growing up along the California coast.
When you purchase the Elephant Seal Adoption Package, you’ll receive a personalized adoption certificate with Megan’s photo and story, a 9" plush elephant seal, and “Shelby the Brave Little Pup of San Simeon Bay,” a hardcover book about Shelby, a young elephant seal pup.
Your symbolic adoption will make a difference in the life of marine mammals like Megan and Shelby.
Last Minute Gift?
Purchasing the Elephant Seal Adoption Package as a last-minute gift? You will receive a link to a printable, temporary certificate you can present to your loved one. The personalized certificate, plush and book will arrive in the mail in a few days.
Free USPS shipping included!
Adoption plush contain small parts; not for children under 3 years.